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Cargo Import Brokers, Inc. (CIB) is a licensed, full service customhouse broker, based in Houston, Texas, USA. CIB is a customs broker company and an international freight forwarder that services both importers and exporters.
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Most Frequently Asked Questions By U.S. Exporters
(ADVICE FROM AN EXPERIENCED FREIGHT FORWARDER)
Air or Ocean Freight?
As a freight forwarder, it is my job to check for the best rate and make sure exporters are aware of all potential expenses. As a result, the client is able to do a thorough cost analysis of all viable options. For instance, if ocean freight is the choice, then we need to consider container and break bulk (LCL) options.
Does an Exporter need a license to Export to foreign countries?
Joe V. Torres, Vice President CIB
In general, an export license is not required by most countries, but there are exceptions. Obviously, requirements vary with every country, but an experienced freight forwarder should be able to advise exporters as to the best approach.
What does an Exporter need to know about Consular Documents?
Some countries require cargo to be inspected before shipment. And others require additional consular work that can be done in Houston, if there is a consular office for the particular country, otherwise in Washington D.C.
What other security issues does an Exporter need to be aware of?
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements are becoming more strict. Cargo air freight on passenger carriers is not an easy option anymore. By next year, all air freight will have to be x-rayed.

Export shipping from the United States can seem to be relatively simple to an unexperiened exporter. Yet, a knowledgeable and experienced freight forwarder is undoubtably your best choice for success.
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The first important consideration for most U.S. Exporters is whether to ship by air or oceangoing vessel. Since 911, this question has become much more complex. Besides typical factors such as weight, size, and timing, security issues are now paramount.
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Cargo Import Brokers, Inc. (CIB) is not just about imports. Joe Torres, one of the founding partners, heads up our International Export Department. CIB has been a successful international freight forwarder since inception, over 25 years ago. And Joe has over 30-years industry experience in the field.

As a result, CIB is a one-stop-shop for clearing Houston Cargo and international shipping logistics. Both importers and exporters rely on the expertise and value added services provided by this Houston-based customs broker and freight forwarder.
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